The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) was founded in May 2000 under the Gambling (Alderney) Law, 1999.
Alderney is one of the UK's white-listed remote gambling jurisdictions.
Companies established for the purpose of holding an Alderney eGambling license may qualify for tax-exempt status, in which case they do not pay income tax but pay a minimal nonprofit related fixed annual fee instead. There is no VAT or other sales tax applicable on Alderney. There is no tax or other duties payable on gambling operations.
The AGCC has tweaked and modified its online gaming regulations several times to keep up with the evolving industry.
In its current incarnation, Alderney allows operators to apply for only those parts that they require to operate their business model. The new licensing structure distinguishes between business-to-customer operators and business-to-business operators.
Aldereny now offers two basic licenses.
Category 1 licenses are for operators who have a direct contractual relationship with players.
The Category 2 license allows gambling transactions – or actual game play/wagering – to happen. One license can be used for the different types of games and betting. This is essentially a license for the gaming platform, and the games offered within the platform. Fees for the gaming platform are fixed at GBP 35,000 annually, regardless of how many operators are using the platform.
The AGCC is also at the forefront of cooperating with other licensing jurisdictions.
The Alderney Gambling Control Commission and Kahnawake's Gaming Commission (KGC) will interact with one another on matters of common interest in regards to past, existing, and prospective licensees for the purpose of ensuring effective regulation between both jurisdictions. The KGC and AGCC have agreed that the specific content of the agreement will remain confidential.
The AGCC has entered into a bilateral cooperation agreement, also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Danish Gambling Authority to establish a formal basis for cooperation and information sharing. The AGCC has entered into a similar agreement with the Nevada Gaming Board which focuses on areas of investigation, compliance, and the development of technical standards. They also have a similar arrangement with regulators in Ontario, Canada.
All active licensees are inspected within one year of the approved start of their live operations and annually thereafter. Each inspection is preceded by a "mystery shopping exercise" testing the site from the perspective of a player which includes reviews of player registration, payment systems, and player due diligence as well as other controls used to prevent money laundering and to combat terrorist financing.
In July 2012, the AGCC amended its regulations for eGambling licensees or an associate of an eGambling licensee. The Alderney eGambling (Amendment) Regulations, 2012 states licensed companies must, at all times, hold customer deposits separately in a bank account which exists solely for the purpose of holding, and hold only, funds standing to the credit of the licensees' customers.
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